We had the good fortune of connecting with Rachel Linger and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rachel, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Social media has been a huge factor in bringing in clients for me as a hair stylist and also as a decorator. I’ve been able to bring viewers to the tiny house business I decorate for by managing their Instagram and promoting their other social media outlets, especially YouTube. The amount of people from around the world I’ve been able to reach has been tremendous. Facebook, Instagram and twitter have brought in lots of clientele to my hair business as well.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets me apart from other decorators and hairstylists is the eye I have for photography; I’m able to promote and advertise the way I want. I got where I am today by being willing to learn. Getting to this point in my professions took a lot of hard work with lower pay, but I didn’t give up. I had to be willing to work places I didn’t necessarily enjoy in order to pay for the schooling I needed to gain knowledge. As a new hairstylist I didn’t feel like I could charge a lot until my work got better and I was faster. Most of my clients understood that they were trusting a stylist who wasn’t as experienced as one who had been doing hair for years. Of course I made mistakes and had to learn from them. There were many days I had clients who made me never want to do hair again, but I wouldn’t be the stylist I am today without them. As for decorating, it hasn’t been as hard because I’m really just staging houses for sale, so I don’t have to deal as much with creating a style for a client. I did have to gain trust with my boss though. The more I created fun houses with the decor and furniture that work provided, I was then able to start shopping and actually putting things together to create a styled house with my tastes. After each house was done, I’d take photos and provide them to the company to use for marketing if they liked them enough. Being brave and offering up that aspect of my work is what helped me get the position of running Recreational Resort Cottages’ Instagram account. If i had never put in the work in the beginning and been persistent, I wouldn’t have figured out how capable I am to use my creativity in so many different ways.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend came to visit for the week, I’d take her to the Forth Worth stockyards and spend a few days shopping and exploring. Billy Bob’s, Cadillac’s and The Thirsty Armadillo are the best bars with live music and dancing. The Stockyards Hotel is my favorite place to stay there because of all the history involved. A lake day is a must on Ray Roberts, maybe a few. Tokyo Harbor would be my top pick for dinner, lunch or both because they have the best sushi AND hibachi I’ve ever had.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
God is ultimately responsible for placing the people in my life who have gotten me where I am today. My mom saw my interests and gifts early on in life and was able to steer me in the direction of learning how to grow my creativeness. In high school I had an amazing interior design teacher who opened my eyes to all the possibilities of design and decorating. Right before i graduated high school my boss at Recreational Resort Cottages found me through a speech I gave on my love for decorating and she hired me on the spot for the job I have now. She has trusted me with so much pertaining to the tiny houses and allowed me to grow with this company. I wouldn’t know the extent of my creative gifts if she hadn’t given me the chances she has. As for my hair business, I had no plan to pursue it as much as I have. In cosmetology school I fell in love with so many aspects of doing hair. I didn’t realize how artistic it all really was. If it wasn’t for the first few clients early on that trusted me to experiment, I wouldn’t have found the joy I have in coloring and cutting hair.
Youtube: Recreational Resort Cottages
Other: decorating Instagram – rrc.rockwall hair Instagram – wildvaquerasalon
the picture of me was taken by Adham Photography the pictures of my work were taken by me